Our Dividend Quality Score is based on our assessment of Dividend Quality, Dividend Quality Trend, and Dividend Coverage.
We assign the following star ratings for Dividend Quality: High Quality Dividend: 4-stars Medium Quality Dividend: 2-stars Low Quality Dividend: 1-star
To evaluate Dividend Quality Trend we look at how many years out of the last 5-years the company has paid out High, Medium, and Low Quality Dividends. Consistent High Quality Dividends: 4-stars
Combination of High & Medium Quality Dividends: 3-stars All Medium Quality Dividends: 2-stars Combination of Medium & Low Quality Dividends: 1-star Persistent Low Quality Dividends: 0-star
We look at the ending cash balance, with a Dividend Coverage multiplier in the following brackets: <1x 0-star 1x<3x 2-stars >3x 4-stars
To arrive at the overall Dividend Quality Score for a company we aggregate its scores for each of the three components above. Note that unlike Fundamental Analysis scores which are based on a company's performance relative to its peers the Dividend Quality score captures the quality, trend and coverage of a company's dividend. However, we do provide charts and graphs in our Dividend Quality reports that show the dividend quality performance of the company relative to its peers.